This lectureship, together with the first endowed chair at Chapman University, was established in 1984 in the name of Belle Griset, whose son Francis Griset served as a Chapman Trustee for many years. The Griset Chair in Bible and Christian Studies was held by Prof. Marvin Meyer. The Griset Lectureship enables the department to invite prominent scholars to campus to teach and deliver public lectures in the area of Christianity and ethics.
The Religious Studies Department is very pleased to have British theologian, philosopher, and priest in the Church of England, Keith Ward, as this year’s Griset Lecturer in Christian Ethics. Prof. Ward is a fellow of the British Academy and Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity at Christ Church, Oxford University. He has written extensively on science and religion and on comparative theology and ethics, having published more than 40 books and delivered distinguished lectures around the world, and is regularly interviewed on the BBC.
Rel 329 “Science and Religion: The Great Debate.”
Students have the extraordinary opportunity to take a one-unit 3 week seminar course with Prof. Ward Rel 329 “Science and Religion: The Great Debate.” Though he is exceedingly well published on this topic, he will be delivering a brand new set of lectures at Chapman, incorporating his latest thinking on topics such as cosmology and creation, evolution and the meaning of the universe, miracles and the explanatory power of science, consciousness and death, and much more. Course details.
Public Lecture: “Christ and the Cosmos”
February 29, 2016
Wallace All-Faiths Chapel
Drawing on the resources of Indian religious thought and Western Idealism, this lecture will seek to provide a new and illuminating way for Christians to see Christ in the light of new scientific knowledge about the size and age of the cosmos.
Griset Lecturer 2010-2011
Dr. Richard Swinburne
University of Oxford
Richard Swinburne is a Fellow of the British Academy. From 1985 to 2002 he was Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford. He is the author of many books on the nature and justification of religious belief, and on other areas of philosophy including the philosophy of mind and epistemology.
October 11, 2010
Human beings have a mental life of sensation, thought, purpose, desire, and belief. Although these mental states in part cause, and are caused by brain states, they are distinct from them. Richard Swinburne argues that we can only make sense of this interaction by supposing that mental states are states of a soul, a mental substance in interaction with the body. View Video!
October 13, 2010
Whether or not Jesus rose bodily from the dead remains perhaps the most critical and contentious issue in Christianity. Richard Swinburne considers the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus and concludes that the evidence makes it probably that God raised Jesus from the dead. View Video!